Saturday, February 24, 2024

Tanzania Govt Mulls Job Interview for Public School Teachers

Minister for Education, Science, and Technology, Adolf Mkenda says unlike current arrangement whereby selected applicants are required to report directly to schools, the government now mulls on introducing interviews in recruitment of primary and secondary school teachers.

He said this during a ceremony of handing awards to 10 pre-primary and primary teachers from various regions who won in the first digital teaching skills competition in counting and mathematics.

He said the government has a plan to recruit new teachers by using interview system to acquire the best teachers and getting rid of the perception that teaching is a job to be done as the last option.

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The competition held in Dar es Salaam, was organised by the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) with support of the World Bank (WB) through the BOOST programme.

The Boost programme intends to improve the ability of teachers in teaching and learning of students through Continuous Professional Development Programme (MEWAKA).

Mkenda said through the interviews teachers with high quality will be picked, so that the unsuccessful applicants could find other jobs.

He said the competition has come at a right time because it will help develop competence among teachers who are the main implementers of the proposed curricula.

He further said the government recognises and appreciates the contribution of the World Bank in various development matters in the country.

Giving the welcome remarks, Director-General of TIE, Aneth Komba, explained that the competition started on April this year by collecting and evaluating teachers’ videos from 26 councils that implement the BOOST programme.

She said the World Bank’s BOOST programme provides 500 million US dollars over a five-year period to support strengthening of the basic education system and improving learning outcomes.

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